Retrieved fondly by Pat Darnell and Jes N Tyme
Does anyone like Riddles? We of MooPig do:The 2000s saw the rise of the Real Slim Shady, the hottest girl-on-girl pop torch-passing ever, and a young member of Destiny's Child go solo -- and stratospheric. [SOURCE]
Who retains the upper hand,
Forbes magazine says she is the 12th richest woman in showbusiness,
and the highest earning Mouseketeer,
with a net worth of $100m (£54.1m)... Who is She?
2000: ...safely through the transition of Y2K, ... music charts dominated by the all-growed-up grads of "The New Mickey Mouse Club," including Britney Spears --"Oops! ... I Did It Again", Christina Aguilera her first Latin album, "Mi ... moreReflejo", and Justin Timberlake then in *NSYNC, "No Strings Attached" and "Bye Bye Bye".
Miss Aguilera took her manager Steve Kurtz to court in 2000, claiming he had exercised "improper, undue and inappropriate influence" over her personal and professional activities.Meanwhile, Timberlake had split with both *NSync and Spears to launch his solo career.
Young Master Justin Timberlake had pulled off a similar coup a year earlier, splitting from svengali Lou Pearlman after a lengthy court battle.
While Aguilera and Timberlake fought for control of their careers, Miss Britney Spears was going from strength to strength.
Britney's second album, Ooops I Did It Again, won plaudits from rock bibles Rolling Stone and the NME and went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic.
His friendship with the Neptunes paid off when he was offered a handful of demos that had been rejected by Michael Jackson.
Securing the services of cutting-edge hip-hop producers the Neptunes, Timberlake shocked *NSync fans with the R and B-flavoured single Girlfriend.For Timberlake, the songs [from Neptune] formed the basis of his debut album, Justified, with single Cry Me A River gaining the most attention. Many assumed it was about his relationship with Spears, and the implication in the lyrics that she had cheated on him fuelled gossip columns for months.
Aguilera was also branching out, enlisting former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry to help her write Beautiful, the key track on her confessional Stripped album.
Spears also saw the need to take musical risks, but had to be careful not to alienate her teen audience.
But the end of Spears' relationship with Timberlake seemed to coincide with the start of her decline.
Spears has sold more than 50 million albums :: but ... She tarnished her image as a teenage role model by admitting she had lost her virginity and enjoyed smoking. [Read more HERE]
If there is millions to be spent on Music in the past 10 years, it has been chiefly funneled to these performers. On one hand this foursome presented by BBC could have had much more earnings, if the Music industry had been able to keep up with recording Piracy, via gadgets and softwares.
With the other hand, MooPig takes the stance that all is scalable. Mouseketeer gets with groups, appears clean and washed behind the ears, earns a piece of Solomon's wealth -- and then sticks around for way too long afterward ... until the body empire starts to looked tarnished.
"Gold doesn't tarnish," scream the kid rebels of surburbia, reborns as they are.
Unfortunately, it seems millions for an entire decade will always be thrown at emotionally disturbed post-pubescent, rebelious children. Children who unwittingly translate that as strutting the stages of the world in birthday suits, for the 'amusement' of paradoxical pedophilial audiences. Soon it becomes difficult to distinguish between "leanings of performers and their behaviors."
The myth, the revel, the shame: It happened every past decade for a hundred years, so it will happen again, as music lifts another sacrifice to supplant the richest Mouseketeer ever produced character, and had some broil to anger their stage daddies, to become tarnished, rich, Yobs.